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In Encore CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins gives an extensive overview of Encore CS5, Adobe's powerful application for authoring DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and Flash-based video for the web. This course covers adding audio and subtitle tracks, creating image slideshows, and using Encore as a presentation tool. Also explained are the Blu-ray enhancements in CS5, and advanced techniques such as creating games and hidden content for disc menus. Exercise files are included with the course.
All right. These next couple of movies cover the feature that I really think just make Encore Slideshows as awesome as they are. What I'm going to do is I'm going to select the slideshow here in the Project panel, so I could look at the Slideshow Properties. Now one of the thing that's really boring about slideshows traditionally, like the actual like literal slideshows, is that you know you play it, and you're watching this slide forever, it's describing it, and then they click a little button on the remote control, it goes the next slide. That's just very boring. So what we're going to do is go back to the Slideshow here and what I could do is check Random Pan & Zoom.
What this will allow you to do is to go in as a viewer, and you will see the slides kind of coming towards you and moving side to side in this random way and if I click Play here, you'll see a big difference. See it's significantly more engaging. There's just random motion to every single slide and to people that are watching this slideshow, they don't know that Encore did this automatically. So it seems like you put all this work and effort into making these image kind of come toward the viewer and pan side to side, just a really great look.
Another thing I'm going to do to make this more interesting to the viewer is I'm going to click on the Slideshow, and I'm going to do them a favor and take down the Slide Duration. By default, it's 6 seconds long for each slide. That's a little bit too long for just looking at pictures. If we're going to describe something then 6 seconds might be good. It's a little long for my taste, so I'm going to select this, and I'm actually going to type 3., that will type 3, and then it will advance it over to the next spot. So this will actually create a 3-second-long slide duration. If we just hit the Enter key, you'll see that it converts it automatically to 3 seconds, a little trick there.
Now if we click on a single slide to look at its properties, we could look at its effects. So you could see Pan & Zoom is here and if we wanted to, what we could do is we can manually control the Pan of every slide. So we could have it go Southeast to Northwest, from East to Center or whatever. So if there's a certain look we're looking for, for a particular slide, like there's a car that's going from left to right in the shot, we could actually move the slide from left to right to mimic what's going on with the car, if we wanted to. We could also change the zoom.
We could have it zoom in, or zoom out, or nothing. So we don't have to do Random Pan & Zoom and again, this could be manually adjusted for every slide, but it's just so easy to have Encore do the work for you. Now also with the slide, we can set up a transition, Dip to Black or to do a Wipe, Push, Slide, all these different cool little effects from slide to slide. But again, it's really tedious to do this manually for every slide in your slideshow, especially if you have a few hundred images to go through for all of your slideshows. So what I'm going to do is click on the Slideshow again, and I'm going to go to the Transition here, and if we change the Transition for the entire slideshow, then what it's going to do is it's going to change the transitions for all the slides in the whole slideshow.
And then as long as each slide has the Match Slideshow option checked for Transitions, then they will all perform the same transition. I'm going to change the Transition to Cross Dissolve. What that's going to do, as you could see here, we have a kind of like a cross fade, and we'll see how much more interesting this makes our slideshow. Actually I'm going to go back to the beginning, just click on that first slide. Let's start here. (Music playing.) See, now that's a slideshow I don't mind sitting through.
Every slide is moving as it goes from one slide to the next. There's this beautiful, soft Cross Dissolve transition, and it's just a much more engaging presentation. Now one quick word here, when we added the Random Pan & Zoom, we notice the Effects icon in the bottom right and a little red line over the top of the slide. So the Effects icon indicates that we have added one of the effects. We have added a Pan or a Zoom effect to this slide and this little square here indicates a transition. So there's transition applied for this slide.
So when you see these icons that is what they mean. The red line here is basically saying that this is not a rendered slideshow. We could click this button here to render the slideshow, so that the effects and transitions will play back in real speed. You might notice that the computer is kind of chugging along here as it was playing back the slideshow. So we can click this button to render the slideshow, and then we preview it. It will be perfect, and that red line will go away.
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